NC Student Success Center

NC Student Success Center

The Role of the NC Student Success Center

The NC Student Success Center provides support for all 58 colleges to advance, scale, and sustain student success and completion efforts. We work with colleges to align policies and practices with our mission and values to ensure access, equity, significant learning, and completion of credentials. We also represent the collective voice of North Carolina community college practitioners in state-level and national policy discussions. 

NC Guided Pathways to Success (NC GPS) Plan 2018-2019

The Center will provide a series of comprehensive resources for up to 20 cohort colleges to advance their student success efforts, including professional and organizational development in improvement science and GPS practices, coaching, and technical assistance in a two-year project.

Deadline extended: Applications for the cohort are now due on January 26, 2018. Other supports will be provided to all 58 colleges and to organizations within the NCCCS. This three-part approach is outlined in the NC GPS Plan 2018-2019. Details and webinar slides are available here.

NC GPS Cohort Application

Student Success  & Equity Framework

Our work to promote greater learning and student completion of credentials is informed by the evidence-based Guided Pathways practices developed by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). To minimize confusion among the various NC education and workforce partner "pathways," the Center has developed the NC Guided Pathways to Success (NC GPS) framework. NC GPS builds on the successes of Completion by Design, the Student Success Learning Institutes, SuccessNC, Achieving the Dream, and other national, state, and institutional efforts to support student retention, learning, and completion. The NC Student Success Center is committed to helping colleges achieve equitable success and completion outcomes for underserved (minority and low-income) students. Our work aligns with the NCCCS Minority Male Success Initiative (MMSI) and other state and college efforts. Read the 2017 MMSI Data Report for more information.

Our Funding and the National Network

The Center is funded entirely by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the John M. Belk Endowment, and the Kresge Foundation. We are part of a 14-state Student Success Center Network, coordinated by Jobs for the Future, that works collectively to advance the national completion agenda. Read more about our collective work here.

College NC GPS Scale of Adoption Self-Assessment

NC community colleges are currently implementing a variety of essential practices that support student persistence, ensure learning, and promote completion. To further this work at the 58 colleges, the NC Student Success Center received additional funding for the NC GPS Scale of Adoption Self-Assessment project. The project will identify exemplary practices already in progress and establish priorities for providing additional resources and support to colleges. A timeline of the project is available here.

NC GPS Essential Practices

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